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YouTube

AT A GLANCE: WATCH AND SHARE VIDEOS

WHAT IS IT?

YouTube is an online platform that allows people to watch and share self-made videos. Anyone can watch videos on the site without being logged in, but to interact fully with the site’s features you need a Google account. Videos that contain potentially offensive content are only viewable by registered users who have confirmed that they are at least 18 years old.

Once you create an account you can also make a channel. This is like your public profile and is where all your uploaded videos will be published. You do not have to create a channel but cannot access all features of the site without one. When someone uploads a video, they can also add a description and place the video into a particular category; the Video Manager allows you to select who can view your content. Uploaded videos are set to Public by default, which means anyone can find and watch them. Other options are Unlisted, so the video will not appear in search results and Private, which means the video will not appear in search results or on your channel, but can be privately shared.

When viewing a video, logged in users can ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ it using the thumbs up/down buttons, or subscribe to the channel. Channels you subscribe to appear on your YouTube homepage, along with some of the most popular videos in your location and suggested content based on your previous viewings. If you have created a YouTube channel, you can also leave comments on the video, or reply to a comment left by somebody else. As well as leaving comments publicly underneath a video, users are able to send private messages to someone else’s inbox. The Privacy Settings allow you to decide whether anyone can send you a message or you only want to receive contact from people in your contacts list.

YouTube has a Safety Mode that can be activated to help filter out inappropriate content. This can be locked to the ON setting for a particular internet browser, which can help parents and guardians to control what videos young people are able to access.

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WHO USES IT?

YouTube ranks in the top three most popular websites in the world. Used by the general public to upload and watch videos, the site is also used by companies and organisations to share things such as music videos and television content. The YouTube terms do not give any age restrictions, however there are minumum age requirements for owning a Google account:

  • United States: 13 or older
  • Spain: 14 or older
  • South Korea: 14 or older
  • Netherlands: 16 or older
  • All other countries: 13 or older

NEED HELP?

HOW DO I BLOCK SOMEONE ON YOUTUBE?

  1. Visit their Channel page, which should have a URL similar to www.youtube.com/user/NAME
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  3. Click Block User

HOW DO I REPORT A VIDEO?

  1. Below the video player, click on the “Flag” button
  2. Click on the reason for flagging that best fits the violation within the video.
  3. Provide any additional details that may help the review team make their decision.

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Flagging a video is anonymous – users cannot tell who flagged a video. However, YouTube do require you to be logged in to use their flagging tools.

HOW DO I REPORT A CHANNEL?

You may report users, inappropriate background images or profile avatars through the reporting flow located on the bottom of every channel.

  1. Visit the channel page you wish to report
  2. Click “About”
  3. Click the Flag drop down button
  4. Select the option that best suits your issue

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HOW DO I REPORT ABUSE TO YOUTUBE?

To send a report of abuse or harassment through content or comments, use YouTube’s reporting tool.

HOW DO I DEAL WITH YOUTUBE COMMENTS ON MY CHANNEL?

Take action on comments. Click the arrow in the upper right of a comment on your channel or video to see your options.

  • Remove takes down the comment from YouTube. If the comment has any replies, they will also be removed. Note that if the comment was also shared on Google+, it will still be live there.
  • Ban from channel blocks the user from posting comments on videos and your channel. You can remove the user from the banned list later (see below).

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Hold comments for approval. You can require approval for all new comments before they’re posted to your video or channel:

  • Video comments – Find the video in the Video Manager, click Edit under the video, and click Advanced Settings. Then, under “Allow comments”, select Approved. You can also choose the default moderation settings for new videos in your comments settings.
  • Channel comments – You can turn this on for your channel in your Channel Navigation settings.

When someone comments, you’ll get a notification as well as a blue banner on the channel or video. You can then review the comments to approve, delete, or flag them for abuse or spam.

Automated filters

  • Approved users and banned users. In your comments settings, you’ll find a list of approved users and banned users. Approved users’ comments will automatically be approved and shown, even if you’ve chosen to hold comments for approval. Banned users’ comments will never be shown. You can add or remove individual users or Google+ Circles.
  • Blacklist. In your comments settings, you can specify a comma separated list of words and phrases. Comments closely matching these terms will be held for your approval (unless they were posted by someone on your approved user list).
  • Spam filtering. If someone leaves a comment that looks like spam, a blue banner on the channel or video will let you know. You can then review these comments to either delete them or approve them if they’re not actually spam.

Visit the YouTube Policy and Safety Hub

Visit the YouTube Reporting and Enforcement Center